Halo-Halo Histories Book 2 CASHaysayan—ORDER NOW!

April 15, 2018 by


The most-awaited second Halo-Halo Histories book is now ready for orders!


Some people say that “money talks.” We agree! Our coins and bills tell us a lot about what is special about our country and people. In this book, we give you the bottom line on how money was invented, how it came to our shores, how it’s made, and why it looks the way it does.

CASHAYSAYAN: A History of Philippine Money is the second book from the wildly popular Halo-Halo Histories, a series dedicated to making the study of Philippine history fun and engaging for young people.

This 176-page book unravels the mysteries of money with the help of a few quirky characters: the silver heavyweight coin, Money Pakyaw; our reliable bamboo coin bank, Al Kansya; the enterprising lady who runs the local sari-sari store, Aling Suki; and following through with his guiding duties from book 1 is Tatang Tarsier.

From the age of bartering with neighboring countries to the first forms of money to the challenges that brought about the development of currency systems, this seven-chapter book takes its readers through the winding historic trail of the Philippine Peso.

ORDER NOW through or visit our Makati office at Unit 402 V.A. Rufino corner Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines. For US buyers, you may also reach Reni Roxas in Seattle through

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About the Creators: 

Michelline Espiritu Suarez is a wife to her college sweetheart, mother to five kids, and mistress to three lazy dogs. She earns moolah as a serial entrepreneur. A Liberal Arts graduate, she is fascinated by history, philosophy, sociology, and literature. Halo-Halo Histories is her midlife crisis in book form. She hopes the series will spark an interest in and love for our common heritage, in children and adults alike.

Joonee Garcia, or “Miss Joonee” to her students, is a music teacher, theater teacher, composer, writer, and occasional actor. She penned the musical “The Princess and the Red Carp,” as well as many childhood music and movement programs. She was the Local Musical Director of the London West End Production of the The Sound of Music in Manila, 2017. Joonee spends her caz on unhealthy amounts of musical instruments, books, stationery, and writing implements. She is one of three artistic sisters and loves a Maltese named Lulu.

Divine Gil Reyes is a writer, lyricist, part-time voice actor, and owner of an advertising and public relations agency. She has written for short films about insurance, a musical album for kids about positive values, and several episodes for children’s TV show “Jollytown.” She likes shopping for gadgets and general reference books. She loves having a good laugh with her husband Marc, magical daughters Rafi and Miki and their adopted dog Ashton.

Benjor Catindig is an illustrator, graphic designer and advertising art director. His many works include theater posters, the children’s book,The Legend of Juan Pawikan, and the graphic short story, “Karnabal” (co-written with Joonee Garcia), which was a finalist at the first Philippine Graphic /Fiction Awards in 2007. Benjor likes to take long walks, play video games, collect action figures, and teach his dog Boo how to skate. Every year, he saves up for trips to Japan.

Collectively, they represent Bathala Na Productions, Inc., an organization on a mission to provide Filipino kids (and kids at heart) with supplementary material about Philippine history that is entertaining, informative, and easy to understand.

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